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– And be sure – your sin will find you out. – Numbers 32:23

Two men – Naboth and Uriah.  Both had something that two kings – Ahab and David – desired greatly. One was a vineyard – the other a wife.  Even though Naboth and Uriah did not sin in these situations – Ahab and David did so to fulfill the lustful desires of their hearts.  Three of the four died.  David survived. Although he repented – he still had to pay a dear price for his transgression against God.

David’s first son born of Bathsheba would be dead just a week after birth.  King Ahab would die soon, as well.  All because of sins that were bare before God from their beginnings (1 Kings 21:1-15, 1 Kings 22:34-38, 2 Samuel 11:1-27, 2 Samuel 12:13-19, Hebrews 4:12-13).  The kings were found out – and they found out the cost of their iniquity.  We can be sure our sin will find us out, too – at what price?

Scripture has concluded we are all under sin from the start of life (Galatians 3:22).  It withholds good things from us (Jeremiah 5:25).  As with David, sin can withhold even future blessings from us for a very long time (2 Samuel 12:7-8).  It can also cause many serious things to happen to others – even the deaths of those who did not sin with us.  Sin lies at our doors daily (Genesis 4:7).

We can choose to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season like Moses (Hebrews 11:25) – but pay for them our entire lives.  Yes, God is long-suffering, patient, merciful and gracious – but He will not at all acquit the wicked (Nahum 1:3).  Our Father by no means will ever clear the guilty.  The penalties for sin can even be passed from generation to generation (Exodus 34:6-7).

We don’t come to Christ because we’re good people – we come before the Cross because we’re sinners.  We don’t become good people because we become Christians, either – there is none good but God (Mark 10:18).  However, we do become God’s children again – reconciled and reunited with our Father in heaven (Romans 5:10, Romans 8:16, Colossians 1:20-21).

Still, our hearts are still desperately wicked and deceitful.  This is why God has to come dwell in them through the Holy Ghost – for only He can understand them (Jeremiah 17:9-10).  We have presumptuous and secret sins we might not even be aware of yet (Psalm 19:13, Psalm 90:8).  We have no power to repent of them without abiding in God – and Him in us through the Spirit (John 15:1-7).

Following the flesh as Christians has to result in us receiving some sort of heavenly punishment (Romans 8:1-14).  God’s discipline may seem mean while it’s happening – but it’s out of His love for us (Hebrews 12:6-11, Revelation 3:19).  However, we are assured it will happen (Hebrews 12:5-11).  All of our God’s commandments are not meant to be grievous (1 John 5:3).  We have to do our part by obeying them.

When we are born again of the Spirit (John 3:3). it comes when God has convicted us of our sin with His sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10).  No longer will He wink at us in any ignorance about sin’s consequences (Acts 17:30, Romans 6:23).  It is not to have any more dominion over us (Romans 6:14).  Willful sinning is now direct disobedience.  There will never be another sin sacrifice (Hebrews 10:10,26).

This is why Christ shed his precious blood on the Cross (Matthew 26:28).  This is the very same blood shed daily on a Christian heart as a salve for sins – to keep them in continual remission (Hebrews 10:22). So we keep repenting and not repeating the behavior of our old sinful man (2 Corinthians 5:17).  So we don’t fall away from such repentance.  If we do, it’s impossible for God to renew us to it (Hebrews 6:4-6).

A tentacle in the physical world is a slender and flexible limb used for grasping things or moving around.  A tentacle of sin does the same thing.  It is slender and flexible.  It reaches in and grabs our heart.  Then we move out and about as the tentacle touches another person’s heart, and pulls them into our sin.  Slowly and subtly it weaves its way into the fabric of our life – even our faith.

 

 

 

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